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Minister Drysdale, explain yourself: Barnes

MEDICINE HAT, AB (May 30, 2014): Infrastructure Minister Wayne Drysdale must explain previous statements following revelations confirming Skypalace was in fact cancelled by former Infrastructure Minister Ric McIver and not himself as claimed, Wildrose Infrastructure Critic Drew Barnes demanded today.

Yesterday, under questioning from Barnes at the Public Accounts Committee, Infrastructure Deputy Minister Marcia Nelson confirmed that McIver ended the Skypalace construction in January 2014. Nelson confirmed: “All I can say is that the department was under the direction from, probably, July of 2012 until January of 2014, to build the premier’s suite to support a residential occupancy.”

This contradicts efforts from Drysdale to take credit for kyboshing the project in late 2012.

“Minister Drysdale needs to come clean and speak to the information revealed at committee yesterday,” said Barnes. “We now know with certainty that construction continued through to this year, and did not end in 2012 as Minister Drysdale repeatedly claimed.”

“This issue is particularly important because Minister Drysdale is once again the Infrastructure Minister and is again in charge of the Federal Building Project.  Albertans need to understand the discrepancies between what the Minister said and the facts and they need to be assured that this Minister can actually manage this file.”